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30 Minutes With...

...Richard Ord Jnr, director, Colmans of South Shields, Tyne & Wear

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever heard?

Probably either “Jägerbombs are 2-for-1” or my dad shouting through “your wages are on the desk”.

How did you get into the industry?

I am the fifth generation of a family business. I always loved working in the industry from a young age, I would probably say I was born into it, it's a way of life now.

If you could change jobs with anyone else for the day who would it be?

It would have to be Nikki Williams from KFE, just so I could get a taste for the good life! 

What’s your favourite film?

Good Will Hunting would be at the top of the list, a true classic.

What was the first music album you bought?

I bought Nirvana’s Nevermind album. I still have it now and love it just as much as I did then.

Do you have a nickname?

Not so much now, but through school I always got called 'Chad', so much so that when I introduced myself as Richard no one knew what I was talking about. Ha!

What did you want to be as a child?

I play a few instruments and love music so I always thought if I didn't go into the family business I would try to pursue a job in the music industry. 

If you could have anyone join your team who would it be?

It would have to be Gordon Ramsay, not only for his knowledge of food and cooking, but the entertainment value as well! 

What’s your favourite food?

Other than fish and chips and some great grilled seafood, I love Indian food. I love the heat and flavour of the spices. 

What sports team do you support?

I'm not a big football fan but going to a Sunderland school, I did the only sane thing and decided to start supporting Newcastle. 

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask them? 

It would have to be John Lennon and I would ask him how it feels to have written the soundtrack to most people's lives.

If you were Prime Minister for a day what’s the first thing you would do?

Probably dance around 10 Downing Street like Hugh Grant in the film Love Actually after finding out I've just became the Prime Minister! 

If you could go back in time what year would you choose?

I would go back to 1926 and see the opening of Colmans of Ocean Road to see how it looked then and how far it has progressed since. 

Do you have any hobbies?

I think other than playing a few instruments, my only other hobbies are socialising and working! 

What question would you like to ask our next “30 minutes with”? 

Where do you see the fish and chip industry in 10 year's time?

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